Things to do in Germany

Say hallo to beer steins, bratwurst, the Berlin Wall and boogie nights, and auf wiedersehen to your worries and your strife in cosmopolitan and metropolitan Germany. Say hallo to Germany, home of the world’s largest beer party Oktoberfest, insane nights out in culturally significant Berlin, historic cities and architecture scattered throughout vast, beautiful landscapes and myriad delicious food.

Germany plays host to all types of festivals and fun from rock music extravaganzas to the more unusual like Wattoluempiade, the Mud Olympics. Get dirty with 400 mud-loving sports enthusiasts in the mud flats of the north German coast in July and participate in all sorts of muddy sports to raise money for charity. Munich has dedicated nude beaches and parks traditionally heralded as the perfect place to get your kit off in a non-sexual, liberating way, so why not brave the cooler Euro climate and ditch your threads for something different?

If you’re not in Germany for Oktoberfest in September, beer lovers rejoice - there are hundreds of microbreweries and beer halls open all year round. From bratwurst to schnitzel and sauerkraut, there’s also much heavy eating to conquer for the gastronomically intrigued. The currywurst (curried sausage) is so ingrained in Berlin’s culture; it even has an entire museum dedicated to this street food.

Life is a cabaret in Berlin, old chums, where every night of the week you will find great music, film and art events tailored to a myriad of tastes and, um, preferences. The artist, student and musical hub has strong cultural significance from popular tourist attractions like the Berlin Wall to the edgier graff art that falls off the streets. Architectural wonders are scattered throughout Germany from the Disney-inspired Neuschwanstein palace to the Gothic Cologne Cathedral. Geographically, be whisked away by the romance at the Rhine, marvel at the Rugen Cliffs, learn about Goethe at Weimar and escape to the wooded mountain range of the Black Forest. Here’s some of our top things to do in Germany.

Oktoberfest

The world’s biggest public festival, as well as the largest beer fest on the globe, hits town in late September every year. Don your lederhosen and dirndls and join the throngs at the Wies’n for the annual Munich Oktoberfest for a dose of Bavarian culture and a huge stein of beer.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Disney fans will recognise the silhouette of this famous Bavarian palace that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Perched on a rocky hilltop in the picturesque setting of the Alps, a visit to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich is a truly magical experience.

Hofbräuhaus

If you’re not visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, a visit to the city’s oldest beer hall, Hofbräuhaus, is a must. Soak up the old-time atmosphere, enjoy the summer in the beer garden, check out the rack of regulars’ steins and indulge in a beer or two and some Bavarian nosh.

Berlin Wall

One of those ‘where were you when?’ type questions, the fall of the Berlin Wall that divided two halves of the German capital was a momentous event in the late-1980s and symbolised the end of the Cold War. See the remains at various spots around Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate

An iconic symbol of Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor has had a chequered past from its sculpture pilfered by Napoleon to joyous celebrations when the Berlin Wall came down. The imposing structure is also a popular site to welcome the New Year and watch the fireworks.

Zugspitze

Fresh air, winter sports, major events and magnificent surrounds await you at Mount Zugspitze. Located in the Northern Limestone Alps near Austria, Germany’s highest mountain is a must-see winter wonderland. You can even stay in an igloo.

Europa-Park

Forget Euro Disney and head to Europa-Park with more than 100 rides including 12 rollercoasters and a plethora of live shows and other entertainment. The decorations during Halloween and Christmas are magical.